Major Section: OTHER
Examples: :trans (list a b c) :trans (caddr x) :trans (cond (p q) (r))
This function takes one argument, an alleged term, and translates
it, expanding the macros in it completely. Either an error is
caused or the formal meaning of the term is printed. We also print
the ``output signature'' which indicates how many results are returned
and which are single-threaded objects. For example,
a term that returns one ordinary object (e.g., an object other than
STATE or a user-defined single-threaded object (see defstobj))
has the output signature
=> *A term that returns the single-threaded object
STATEhas the output signature
=> STATEand a term that returns four results might have the output signature
=> (MV $MEM * * STATE)This signature indicates that the first result is the (user defined) single-threaded object
$MEM, that the next two results are ordinary, and that the last result is
See trans! for a corresponding command that does not enforce restrictions of single-threaded objects.
It is sometimes more convenient to use
trans1 which is like trans
but which only does top-level macroexpansion.
For more, see term.